Upcoming Programs


Corona Corps Global Learning Community

Offered by University of Oregon
Many institutions have mobilized talented, energetic students, working with public health authorities, to stem the coronavirus pandemic. This group gives students a global community of peers with whom to share experiences. Open to students at all levels, engaged or interested in public health.


Jan 14, 2021 to Mar 4, 2021
Thursday 5:30pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Jan 14Improv for public health communication with Zeina Salame
Jan 28Student led discussion
Feb 4Student led discussion
Feb 18Student led discussion
Mar 4Student led discussion with students from Oregon Health & Science University
Students may choose to attend any or all of the dates listed.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Students interested in the sessions can contact Elly Vandegrift, Program Director, Global STEM Education Initiatives for more information.

Discover 'Real' Japan from Home!

Offered by Tohoku University
The lectures and events in 'Discover “Real” Japan from Home!' are part of the online short program 'Tohoku University Japanese Program (TUJP)'. Join us in the six events below and learn about Japanese culture!
Trends in/Problems with Incoming & Outgoing International Students at Japanese Universities
Jan 15, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
This class will provide students an overview of incoming and outgoing international students at Japanese universities, and deepen their knowledge of related policies, current trends, and problems. The class will consist of lectures and student discussions. Before the start of classes, please research the number of incoming/outgoing international students, and government and university policies being undertaken to promote international student exchange, in your country/region.

Exchange Activity with Tohoku Univ. Students
Jan 16, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
In the first part of the term, we will use manga and Studio Ghibli movies to study useful Japanese expressions that are often overlooked in school curricula. In the second part of the term, we will learn about the traditional Japanese craft of origami. Please prepare origami paper or some ordinary paper, and scissors, and learn to make various animals and plants from a single sheet of paper!

Life Careers & Japanese Companies
Jan 19, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
University graduation marks a large transition from a life of study to a life of work. This class examines the career theory concept of 'life career', the work style of Japanese companies, and perspectives on employment. It also touches on job-finding, and considers how work shapes where, how, and with whom one lives, i.e. one's own 'life career'.

Intercultural Understanding in Practice
Jan 21, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Those taking Intercultural Understanding in Practice will conduct presentations on Japanese culture, and participate in Q&A sessions. There will also be discussions on traditional and popular Japanese culture. Talk about your favorite parts of Japanese culture with Tohoku University students!

Japanese Culture Lesson A: Intro into Japanese Yōkai
Jan 23, 2021 I 4:20pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
This is an introductory course on Japanese 'yōkai' (supernatural creatures of Japanese folklore), their perception through the times, and the development of the 'Kaidan' culture. We will examine the history of 'yōkai' studies in Japan and their classification, and also look into their gender aspect and urbanization. If there is time left, we might also hold a short discussion about ghostly stories.

Japanese Culture Lesson B: Introduction to Japanese Ukiyo-e
Jan 23, 2021 I 6pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
This is going to be an introductory course to Ukiyo-e, the Japanese art of woodblock prints. During the Edo period, Ukiyo-e prints were representations of the floating world for ordinary townspeople’s enjoyment. We will see some main works of masters, such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, and how their prints influenced Western modern art (Japonism). If there is time left, we might discuss about popular prints as art and the relations between Eastern and Western art.
Participation is free of charge for students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 4 Jan 2021, 11:59pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9). Sessions will be conducted in Japanese. Students are recommended to have knowledge in pre-intermediate or intermediate Japanese (JLPT N3/N2 equivalent).

Halal, Is It the Gateway to Win 1 Billion's Muslim Heart?

Offered by Universitas Indonesia
As a country with the most populous Moslem society, Indonesia has a big concern over the halal-ness of every aspect in their life. But what exactly halal is? What activities or things that are governed with the rule of halal?
Jan 27, 2021 I 2pm Jakarta Time (UTC+7)
This talk in an attempt to engage the participants on the definition of halal, aspects of life affected by halal-ness, and how it has become an industry that is expanding rapidly in the global and local context. This talk will also challenge the participants to explain the halalness of food and beverages.
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Students interested in the webinar should register by 23 January 2021.

Old Town Central: A Real-Time Online Tour in Hong Kong

Offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Join the interactive tour delivered from the ground straight from the very heart of Hong Kong! Our friendly expert guide will walk you through a bustling open-air market dotted with small traditional shops to show you their curious trade practices. It is surely a journey of sights, sounds, and stories that you cannot miss.
Hong Kong Time I Jan 29, 9:30am
Seoul & Tokyo Time I Jan 29, 10:30am
Sydney Time I Jan 29, 12:30pm
Los Angeles Time I Jan 28, 5:30pm
Santiago Time I Jan 28, 10:30pm
While watching the city life of Hong Kong unfolds in front of you in real-time, you will also hear about how these paths were once trodden by Eurasians, Chinese, Western sailors, low-ranking Western officials, and the story of one very particular Tanka woman, in the early colonial days.

Enjoy this hour-long tour with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) from the comfort of your home via Zoom. You can interact directly with the guide, who by the way lives in this very neighborhood. You will get to mingle with virtual travelers from other parts of the world too!
Open to all students from APRU member universities..

APRU Becoming a Global Learner Leadership Series

Offered by University of California, Davis
In this free five-session learning series created by UC Davis in partnership with APRU, a cohort of undergraduate students will explore the concepts of culture, cultural values, identity, and power as well as engage in a deeper reflection on how they and others ‘make meaning’, evaluate intercultural situations, and deal with conflict.


Jan 29, 2021 to Mar 5, 2021
Friday 5pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Throughout the synchronous virtual sessions, students will gain global skills and understanding that will help prepare them to be leaders in a global world. Sessions will be facilitated by UC Davis Global Affairs staff and they will be interactive, with discussions, activities, and reflections.

Because participation will be limited to a small number of students (25-30) from across the APRU network, students will be able to make connections across the Asia-Pacific region and engage meaningfully with their peers.

We welcome a range of majors and backgrounds as these global skills are important regardless of your future career path.

Program DatesSession Time
Jan 295pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 55pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 195pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Feb 265pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Mar 55pm - 6:30pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Open to all students from APRU member universities. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, although we will also ensure that there is a balance of participants from different APRU institutions. Additionally, if you are selected, you must commit to attending all five synchronous online sessions in the series. The application deadline is 20 January 2021.

Disneyland Virtual Tour

Offered by University of California, Santa Cruz
University of California, Santa Cruz's Division of Global Engagement invites you to our virtual tour of Disneyland.
Feb 5, 2021 I 7pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
Join former Disney Parks tour guide Janson Lalich on Zoom as he shares an interactive video of the Disneyland park. Make choices on where to explore in the park and what rides to experience, all while learning about the history of Disneyland and the man who made the dream come true, Walt Disney.
Open to all students from APRU member universities.

Keio Short-Term Japanese Studies Program (KJSP)

Offered by Keio University
Feb 24 to Mar 9, 2021 I 3-6pm Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
The Keio Short-Term Japanese Studies Program (KJSP) is a two-week intensive program for international students (undergraduate or graduate-level students) and Keio students to learn about Japan through collaboration. By joining discussions and giving presentations on their cultures and societies, students will also have chances to rediscover their own countries from an outside perspective.
Participation is free of charge for students from APRU member universities. The application deadline is 15 Dec, 10am Japan Standard Time (UTC+9).